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Legend Hardcover – November 29, 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 1,993 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Legend Series

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Marie Lu’s New York Times bestseller LEGEND:
“Fine writing and excellent execution. Sequel, please!”

Legend doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it.”
“Marie Lu’s dystopian novel is a ‘Legend’ in the making.”
“an action-packed love story full of inventive details.”
Lu’s debut is a stunner. . . raises hopes high for the sequels to come. ”
 “A gripping thriller in dystopic future Los Angeles. This is no didactic near-future warning of present evils, but a cinematic adventure featuring endearing, compelling heroes.”
 “[D]elicious details keep pages turning . . . you’ve got the makings for a potent sequel.”
 “A fast-paced blend of action and science fiction (with only a hint of potential romance) means that this one will likely appeal to male and female readers alike.  Debut author Lu has managed a great feat—emulating a highly successful young adult series while staying true to her own voice. Legend will give Hunger Games fans something worthwhile to read.”
 “This book stands out . . .”
FROM KAMI GARCIA, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures trilogy
“A romantic thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is what it seems—Legend is impossible to put down and even harder to forget.”
FROM SARAH REES BRENNAN, author of The Demon Lexicon trilogy
“A compelling dystopic world, with diverse characters, high tension and political intrigue. [If] you liked the Hunger Games, you'll love this.” 


Don't miss the highly-anticipated sequel, PRODIGY!


“Marie Lu has beaten the curse with Prodigy. . . it has all the chivalry of Robin Hood and all the shine and grime of Blade Runner . . . The well-drawn worlds, political undercurrents and the believability of the characters make it all feel fresh . . . Lu proves that a Book 2 needn't play second fiddle, providing intrigue and deep pleasure all its own.”
“. . . clear your calendar to allow yourself the luxury of reading this book in one or two sittings. You will be shaken . . .”
 “Lu opts for a high simmer of intrigue in her sequel to Legend…taut and insightful.”
Stunning follow-up to Legend . . . The thrilling action and futuristic settings are sure to please fans of Divergent.”

  — Marie Lu

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: HL710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039925675X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256752
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,993 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I'm a dystopian book fanatic. I collect them like the Cookie Monster collects his cookies. So when I first heard of Legend earlier this year I knew I had to get a hold of it ASAP. And I wasn't entirely disappointed because Legend features a strong, kick-ass heroine, a disturbing future world, multi-cultural characters, and tons of action.

Legend tells the story of a two remarkable 15-year-olds, Day and June, living on West cost of the United States now known as The Republic. This book instantly reminded me of Aladdin because Day is from a very poor area of The Republic and steals from the rich to help out his family and community. June on the other hand, has grown up in one of the wealthiest areas and has everything she could ask for and a secure future. Their paths suddenly cross after June's brother is murdered during a hospital break-in attempt by Day. The Republic's military uses June's thirst for revenge and has her track Day and bring him to justice. However, June soon finds out her safe world has not been what it appeared to be at all.

I loved all the characters in Legend. I felt they were well developed and very likable. Even June's brother, Metais, who dies very early in the story, was likable. Both protagonists were strong and resourceful, though, at times, a little too resourceful. I enjoyed the alternate POVs allowing the reader to get a chance to really understand the backgrounds of both characters. But there were times when I got a little irritated with June for not being able to see the bigger picture of the evils of the Republic. She just seemed entirely too loyal for her to be portrayed as a rule breaker in the beginning. Contrastingly, I really liked Day, who struggles to provide for his family throughout the novel.
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By Galinna on December 2, 2011
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Like another reviewer, I was starting to get burned out on the YA Dystopia genre. This book renewed my interest. I did like the dual points-of-view, but I think I enjoyed the Day sections better than the June sections.

It was one of those books that you can't put down, but you also don't want it to end. I lingered on the last page before I could hit "next page" on my Kindle.

If you liked Divergent, I think you will like this book.
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Format: Hardcover
I, too, read this in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. Fast, twisty, focused. I also just read Eve by Anna Carey and while the Eve and June have a similar starting point (elite education in a dystopian future post-plague western US with girl who starts to see through the veneer of the ruling class), Marie Lu's June is written as a more active and empowered girl while Carey's Eve is very inexperienced, even though she can take action. Both are worth a read, but Legend's pacing just rocks and Day really leaps off the page. Lu is not afraid to let her characters get beat up (er, really beat up) and take some wild crazy risks.
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Whoa. whoa. I LOVE DAY! Haven't had a crush in a dystopian book-boy in a while. But... Oh, Day!

Wonderful pacing, great plot, dizzying sexiness, heart-pumping action, and one of the yummiest heroes this year! Plus, the messed-up futuristic factor, and all the mystery around what is really going on, left me thirsty, craving more!

This book was like, EXACTLY everything I enjoy. First of all, dystopia. Set in a future America where California is part of the 'Republic' and they are in war against the 'Colonies'. We are not given much details of how the politics work yet, but the world building was fantastic. You can feel the chaos of the setting flowing out of the pages.

Second, tough-as-steel characters. Day and June and virtually the same person in opposite sex and opposite worlds. I love a strong heroine that can practically match up to the yummy hero. Which takes me to the third point.

Day, Day, Day. I love Day. Day reminds me a lot of Han from Cinda William's Chima's Seven Realms. So, he reminds me of one of my biggest literary crushes so it's safe to say he is now one of my biggest literary crushes as well. And Day is even more special because it's hard not to connect and fall for the male character a bit more when the story is told in his pov. And by this I mean that Marie Lu rocked the alternating povs! Even though the characters are so similar, the voices were uniquely different. And whereas June's had the vulnerability and softness of a girl (I don't mean this as a sexist comment but it's true), Day's was dry and acid, just like he is. Not that he's not vulnerable, because he is, but he just doesn't show it the same way.

The action was non-stop, the twists were full of surprises, and the romance was sexy and thrilling and perfect. Definitely one of the sexiest and most heart-pumping romances I've read in a dystopian book. The next book cannot come fast enough! I need MORE now!
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By Kate on January 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this book. I read it a when it came out, then again when Prodigy came out, and again when Champion came out. I absolutely LOVE it. The characters are wonderful, Day's relationship with his family is so pure, as is June's relationship with Metias. Although Day and June's relationship is complicated, they really match and complete each other and the way the characters develop is interesting and exciting. The world Lu created in this novel is realistic, giving explanations for what has happened instead of just throwing a bunch of characters into a horrible future setting without any kind of background. This book, when I first read it, became and instant favorite and immediately took it's place on my favorite book shelves. I have also read Prodigy and just finished Champion, both wonderful.
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